A Revolutionary Court has sentenced fifteen Baha’is to between 1.5 and 3.5 years in prison on charges of "propaganda against the state" and "assembly and collusion against national security," but their lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that there is no evidence in their case files to support these charges. Giti Pourfazel, the lawyer representing the 15 individuals told the Campaign that when she asked to see the court's evidence, she was refused.
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A Baha'i man, Sarang Ettehadi, has been summoned to begin serving his one-year prison sentence on charges of "propaganda against the state through participation in Baha'i worship and prayer groups." Ettehadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he had been instructed via a telephone call from the Evin Prison Courts on July 6, 2014, to appear to begin serving his sentence within a week. Ettehadi's wife, Nasim Ashrafi, already began serving her sentence at Evin Prison read more
July 16, 2014— In a study released by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today, Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations, prominent members of Iranian civil society expressed their strong support for the P5+1 nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers.... read more
As this study demonstrates, leading Iranian civil society figures support the P5+1 nuclear negotiations and hope for a successful deal. No one can presume that such a deal will automatically lead to improvements in human rights and civil liberties in Iran. Yet the perpetuation of tensions over the nuclear file is likely to result in continued gross human rights violations. For the past decade, Iran’s nuclear activities have been the focus of international attention and the human rights ... read more
Narges Mohammadi, the prominent human rights defender and Deputy Head of the now-shuttered Defenders of Human Rights Center in Tehran, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that new charges have been brought against her stemming from her March 8, 2014 meeting with the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.... read more
On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Iranian documentary filmmaker and women’s rights activist Mahnaz Mohammadi began serving her five-year prison sentence on security charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” and “propaganda against the state.”... read more
In a newly released video, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jaafari, in a speech to an audience which appears to be composed of Guard commanders, details the role of the Guards in the 2009 presidential election and the subsequent violent crackdown of the post-election protest movement.
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The six young men and women who danced to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy" in a video that went viral on YouTube, and werearrested for it, were released on bail today, one day later. However, the director of the video, Sassan Soleimani, remains detained.... read more
Two leading workers’ rights activists, arrested by security forces in Tehran at an International Labor Day gathering on May 1, 2014, remain in prison.... read more
“The family is in complete darkness about my father’s physical conditions and not even allowed a telephone call with him…My father’s health conditions are alarming,” wrote Narges Mousavi, daughter of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the opposition leader who was abruptly hospitalized for emergency heart surgery on April 29, 2014, in her Facebook page.... read more
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, an emergency heart procedure was carried out on Mir Hossein Mousavi, the opposition leader who has been held under house arrest for three years, without the prior knowledge and consent of his family.... read more
Former presidential candidate and opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has been held extra-judicially under house arrest for more than three years, was taken to hospital today for urgent heart complications, according to reports from Iran that the Campaign has independently confirmed.... read more